As Nick notes, Google isn't in the charity business, and some sort of advertising was always on the cards. But it's suggested format is hardly going to be a pleasurable experience:… Read more
It's almost funny (almost) to see how out-of-context my words can be taken. On one side, I can have Microsoft calling me to ask me to not criticize the company as I so often do (here and here and here and here and here and here and here and....you get the point).
Then I have Groklaw suggesting that I'm wrong to think the OSI shouldn't discriminate against groups bringing licenses to it based on past behavior. I would have thought that, if weighed in the balance, people would tend to find me anti-Microsoft (though I admit I don't find it hard at all to separate out Microsoft's products from its strategies). But not enough for some in the open-source community, apparently. This is unfortunate, as I'm a regular reader and supporter of the work that Pamela does at Groklaw.
The sad thing is, the OSI and the open-source community may have brought this upon ourselves.… Read more
I'm actually surprised that adoption of GPLv3 continues at such a steady pace. This week it's up 14 percent over last week, which is impressive, given that the base upon which it has to build continues to grow.
As of August 17, Palamida's research indicates that 378 projects have officially adopted GPLv3, as compared to 332 projects on August 10, 2007. An additional eight projects have adopted LGPLv3, bringing the total LGPLv3 projects to 21.
In addition, there are currently 4,748 projects with licenses that now read "GPL v2 or LGPL v2.1 or later.&… Read more
A week or so ago Alfresco had Jason Haislmaier present to our sales team on legal/licensing issues in open source. I wanted my team to have a better understanding of potential customer concerns and how open source "copyleft" differs from traditional copyright. Jason is not Alfresco's counsel, but two of us had a friendship connection to him and so he graciously agreed to do the session...and he didn't even bill us in six-minute increments! :-) Jason is a partner with Holme Roberts & Owen LLP and a leading open-source legal practitioner.
The session was … Read more
This is a fascinating read from Baseline. I heard a bit about Hadoop and other Doug Cutting Lucene projects during a session at the O'Reilly Executive Radar session of OSCON last month. Hadoop is "an open-source project that aims to replicate Google's techniques for storing and processing large amounts of data distributed across hundreds or thousands of commodity PCs."
Sounds juicy, doesn't it? Especially in Yahoo's hands.
Tim O'Reilly gets this move exactly right: Yahoo is using open source in the Web 2.0 world in the same way that HP and other traditional software companies have used it in the packaged software world:
As a club to undermine competitors while blessing customers and developers.
O'Reilly writes:… Read more
Just came across this blog, which details how software is built in the open and closed-source worlds. It's pretty interesting, even though (or perhaps because?) it's sponsored by Microsoft.
I should have remembered it, as Scott and Sean (the two bloggers on it) contacted me some time ago to do an interview for the blog. It was end of quarter so I failed to keep my appointments....My bad, because it seems like a good series.
Here's a taste from an interview with John McCreesh of the OpenOffice project. I hope Scott's and Sean's comments here aren't intended to sway the written record in Microsoft's favor....… Read more
The Internet turns open-source licensing on its head. Copyleft is neither copyright nor copyleft anymore in the Web world. It's just copy, because distribution of a service over the Internet doesn't count as distribution in the archaic licensing language that plagues most open-source licenses.
It's a problem that the Free Software Foundation chose to ignore, and then beat on Tim O'Reilly to atone for its own failing. Tim, for his part, thinks that the open-source world is missing the boat, which is chugging along unmindful of antiquated things like software licenses when the real value is in data-centric applications whose value lies in network effects (architecture of participation).
I get this point, and he's probably right in the long run. My question for now, however, is: if the value in Web 2.0 is data, why can't Web 2.0 get over its own software fetish?… Read more
Adobe Systems has embraced open-source software for some products, but its core Creative Suite line looks like it'll remain proprietary.
In a blog posting Sunday, Adobe's top creative products executive, John Loiacono, made unflattering remarks about open-source alternatives whose free cost is offset by the time that creative pros have to spend fiddling. "Time is money," he opines, not without merit, and links to a blog posting by Eric Vreeland, who observed, "Debugging recent installs of certain open-source software has wasted immense amounts of my spare time; charged at my hourly rate these hours represent … Read more
It's very hard to earn billions of revenue and profit each year. Painful, even! Or so the San Jose Mercury News would have us think about Google. It's hard to be successful!
I assume that Google would rather be in this position than in the alternative position: no one cares about your product/service enough to sue you, reverse engineer you or bother in any way with you.
Google, being successful, has the opposite problem:… Read more
Over the weekend I was surprised to see my interview with Don Marti (now transcribed) hit Slashdot. I posted a link to the podcast a few weeks ago, but I guess more people are interested in reading what Don and I discussed than hearing us discuss it. (Not that I blame them - I'd do the same.)
As mentioned before, we talked about a range of things, but I most enjoyed talking about how open source changes the sales cycle. Until you've lived it, it's hard to comprehend just how powerful - and different - open source is in the software sales process.